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Foods that you must not EVER share with your pet

What have you been giving your pets this Dashain? Or even before that? It is common to find scraps of leftovers on their menu during festive seasons. Just in case you didn’t know, all foods we consume are not safe for our pets. Some of the foods though harmless to humans can be extremely hazardous and even fatal to cats and dogs as their body metabolize these foods differently. Here are some foods that you shouldn’t be sharing with your furry four-legged family member under any circumstances.

Chocolate: Chocolates are toxic to both cats and dogs. Dogs are very fond of chocolates and so may help themselves if you leave chocolates around carelessly. Chocolates, in lesser quantities can cause gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea. If consumed by your pet in larger quantities, it can cause coma and death. Anything containing cocoa or chocolate should be avoided.

Garlic and Onions: Most dishes prepared in our homes include garlic and onions whether they are fresh, cooked or powdered. Garlic and onions can be toxic to cats and dogs because sulfoxides and disulfides found in them can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia. Onions are more problematic than garlic in this regard, but it is best if both are avoided. So you might want to reconsider giving your pet food laced with these two ingredients.

Mushrooms: Mushrooms are toxic to dogs, and can cause shock and death. Effects will differ depending on the type ingested, but avoid feeding any type. It is also advised that dog owners clear their lawns and gardens free from any sort of mushrooms that might sprout on the lawn.

Tomatoes and tomato plants: Tomatoes of all kinds are toxic to cats, as are parts of the tomato plant. Ingesting as little as a cherry tomato can cause severe gastrointestinal upset. Chicken Bones: Chicken bones are not toxic but can be dangerous as they can break into sharp splinters and get stuck in the roof of the mouth, throat and intestines.

 
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